UN Imposes Sanctions In Hopes of Deterring North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions
(COMMONDREAMS) As the city of Hiroshima, Japan, prepared to mark the 72nd anniversary of the United States’ deadly atomic bombing, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose harsh sanctions on North Korea, in the hopes that they will deter the country from using its own nuclear weapons.
The sanctions will cut about a third of North Korea’s export revenue, amounting to about $1 billion in exports per year. Countries will be barred from buying North Korean products including coal, iron, and seafood, and from beginning new business ventures with North Korean businesses or individuals.
The new policy was imposed after Kim Jong-un’s military tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July, demonstrating the weapons’ potential to reach the continental U.S.—possibly getting as far as Chicago.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the press before the vote, “All this ICBM and nuclear irresponsibility